The Portuguese Jewish Hospital

Amsterdam, Back in Amsterdam
9 juni 1945

And suddenly I felt two arms around my shoulders and heard someone say: ’Nurse Rood, nurse Rood’.

In 1916 The Portuguese Jewish Hospital moved to a building by architect Harry Elte. On the façade there was a pelican feeding its young, the symbol of the Portuguese-Jewish community.

During the war, Jewish men from mixed marriages were sterilized in this hospital. In 1943 a large number of patients were deported.

After liberation, the hospital cared for camp survivors. Subsequently the Joodse Invalide [Jewish nursing home] was established in the building and was called Beth Shalom (the house of peace).